Archive for the ‘Silly Maths Jokes’ Category

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2. MoMaths: Manhattan’s Museum of Mathematics

January 15, 2013

Mathspig is excited. O wonder. O rapture. O Mathematical magic.

A museum of mathematics has just opened in New York, on Manhattan no less.

George Hart with his math art and students at MOMATH

George Hart with his math art and students at MOMATH

Here is a quote from New Scientist:  New Scientist 10 Dec 2012

The founders of the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) know they have a fight on their hands, given the pervasive idea that the subject is boring, hard and scary. But they are determined to give mathematics a makeover, with exhibits that express an unselfconscious, giddy joy in exploring the world of numbers and forms.

“We want to show a different side of mathematics,” says museum co-founder Cindy Lawrence. “Our goal is to get kids excited, and show them the math they’re doing in school is just one tree in a whole huge forest.”

It looks like fun, fun, fun.

Mathspig will go all the way from Australia later in the year just to wallow mathspiggy-style in all this fun maths.

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Menger Sponge Cycle

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View Inside MOMATH math museum NY

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Having fun at MOMATH

Weird Math ACTIVITY

Here is a link to a PDF file of some fantastic shapes that fold two ways like TRANSFORMERS.

You can make these fantastic shapes by Joseph O’Rouke, Olin Professor of Computer Science @ Smith College MA if you go here.

7 Jospeph O'Rourke book

 

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If you really are curious as to what research mathematicans do, go here. It’s really interesting stuff.

SNACK TIME

While you are in the cafe you better do something mathsy. Here is the way to cut a bagel for the maximum spread of cream cheese.

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How to maximise cream cheese spread.

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3. Yes! They’ll All Stare at Your Mathematical Hair

January 15, 2013

Maths teachers are often accused of having the dress sense of a circus elephant and the hairstyles of a geriatric orangutan.

Is this fair? You decide. Here are some maths teacher haircuts from the archives.

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However there are maths teachers and mathematicians out there who will take one for the cause. Here are two noble maths devotees.

 

How dedicated are maths teachers?????

Or, a more relevant question could be how insane are maths teachers?

1. Nick Sayers

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Makezine Math Monday

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2. David Whitfield, Math Teacher, Parkrose High School

3 Parkrose HS Math teacher DAvid Whitfield

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3. You should be scared Mathspiggies.

Very, very scared.

What happens if you don’t do you maths homework?

Cruel and unusual punishment:

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You vill be punished. You vill pay for the error of you vays. Evil laugh.

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Weird Maths Activity

How long would it take for your hair to grow as tall as you??? Assuming your hair can grow that long.

You’ll find all you need to know here:

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Jedward Hair

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7. Cool Maths Stuff

January 15, 2013

Maths rocks, right?

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So mathspiggies here is some really cooooool maths stuff.

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1. Cool Math Jeans for Girls

by Australian designer Perrin Linn.

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1.2 The Math Jeans by Peren Linn

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2. Cool bag

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3. Cool iPhone cover

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4. Cool Poster

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5. Cool Math Stamp

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Weird Maths Activity

Really, Really Cool Paper Plane from NASA

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10. Way Weird Maths

January 15, 2013

In the Way Weird Maths department are:

1. The Back Hair Coiff

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2. The Fibonacci Hair Flip

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Fibonacci Hair

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3. Fractal Jewellery

This jewellery made with diamonds and sapphires by Mark Newson for the jeweller Boucheron is based on the Julia Set shown below.

fractal jewllery by Mark Newson for boucheron…………………….

fractals Julia setJulia Set

 

4. Scary Math

Halloween or not, this guy is scary!!!!!

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Could this be the math teacher you do not want to meet int he dark?

 

6. Geometric Hair

Mathspig calls this the Isosceles coiff (below). You have to see it from the Right Angle!!!

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The Cubic Hair. The model is actually saying ‘Geometry stole my brain’.

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The Tesselation tresses. The hard work is is walking into the wind so you don’t upset the tessellations.

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7. Maths bling watch

Hammacher Schlemmer is offering The LED Matrix Watch for $79.9

How do you tell the time? Work it out mathspigs.

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8. Maths is Evil Mug

See, maths is evil. We have the proof!!!

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9. Math Body Art

These are scary maths tatts. What if the tattooist failed maths? He might make a big mistake.  And you’d have maths teachers forever correcting your back … possibly with red pens.

 math knuckle tattoo….You wanna punch in the face by an inverse function

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………… I am the unit circle of an exponential cult!!!

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…… I am a standard deviation or is that a deviant?

10. Truly scary math tatt.

Someone this crazy about math may not be stable.

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… I am the Math Murderer of your worst nightmares. (Cue: hysterical laugh.)

 

Weird Math Activity

Here is the challenge. Can your maths students make up clock faces (they need not be round) that tell the time using only:

1. triangles

2. algebra

3. matrices

4. fractions

5. a bar graph

6. a line graph

7. pi

8. trigonometry

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Advanced Algee baa II

November 1, 2012


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Baa Graph Ha! Ha!

November 1, 2012

 

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The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt: The Rules

August 15, 2012

The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt

THE RULES

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Teacher Notes

Aim:

To have fun with maths.

To use lots of different skills

eg. artistic, photographic, performance, comic involving maths

To have something in the challenge for every member of the class not just maths whiz kids.

Timing:

Week 1

Introduction: Form teams in class time. Give them the Scavenger Hunt Sheets so they can devise their team name and war cry/anthem.

eg. QTπ, The Smart Asymptotes,The Quadratics,The Nerd Herd,Numerators, Number Nutters and The Vulgar FactionGive teams 1 week to gather or create scavenger items.

You will find a complete PDF file of The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt @ the end of the following post, plus a PDF file answer guide.

Week 2:

Students are to bring items to class.

All teams must perform their war cry/anthem. Other performance items should be presented.

Score:

Any calculations must be written down. All graphs should be hand drawn.

Teams should then tally their own scores.

Cross check with another team.

Prize:

The prize will be a dodgy trophy (see pic) that you buy at a Op shop/ secondhand shop.

Rebrand it.

Decorate with hideous ribbons.

And make a fuss. This is Parody Power and everyone is in on the joke.

The trophy should be awarded with great fanfare.

Perhaps, you could include a fanfare like this.


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Student Sheets

The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt student sheets follow.

 

Student Name:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       Grade:. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Team Name:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Date Due:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  

Team Members:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Team War Cry / Anthem:

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Rules:

* Team: 2 – 4 members

* Aim: Teams score points for weird scavenger challenges.

* Each team must create a fun maths-themed name and team war cry/song.

* Scavenger Challenges: There are 4 Scavenger Challenge groups:

1. Maths Survivor

2. So You Think You can Add!

3. The Great Maths Race

4. The X Squared Factor.

* Points earned from each group are in order: 1, 1¼, 2 ½ and 4⅓.

* Teams must produce a minimum of 2 objects/creations from each group (Maximums shown below)

* Teams can get as much help as they like from anyone

  crazy enough to help them.

* The highest score wins the glorious

    Great Maths Scavenger Hunt Trophy as shown (above), but uglier.

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1 Maths Survivor:

August 15, 2012

 

Challenge 1:

The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt

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Students complete 2 challenges @ 1 point each: Minimum of 2, Maximum of 8

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 1 Maths Survivor:

* A cm/inch ruler

* Maths fridge magnet (not just X)

* Graph from a newspaper

* 16 fl oz cup

* Digital Scales kg or lb

* Mechanical Scales kg or lb

* Old Balance scales with weights (2 points)

* Scientific Balance Scales with gram weights (3 points)

* Log Tables

* Mechanical Tyre Pressure Gauge (1 bonus point to name the pressure unit)

* Protractor

* What is the National Standard for the height of a table and a chair?

* A maths badge

* A Times Tables Wall Chart

* Kids Wooden Blocks with Numbers

* Any board game that uses maths (eg. Snakes & Ladders)

* Pantyhose weight Vs Height Chart

* Bart Simpson Maths Saying written 20 times

* $1 million Monopoly Money

* List Ten Maths Movies (eg. Could be about a mathematician)

* Packet 1-minute oats that takes 2 minutes to cook.

* Product 99% fat free

* An exercise book with tables, length, area and volume conversion charts on the back cover.

* Any packet with use by date expired by one month.

* Newspaper or magazine pie chart

* Box of Cuisenaire rods.

* A statue of any mathematician.

* A key ring with a mini calculator.

* A maths coffee mug

 

 

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2. So You Think You can Add!

August 15, 2012

Challenge 2:

The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt

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Students must complete 2 challenges @ 1¼ points each: Minimum of 2, Maximum of 5

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2. So You Think You can Add!: 

* How many round-cut 8 carat diamonds will cover top of an A4 sheet?

* How many human hairs would cover the back of your (Werewolf) hand including your fingers assuming 200 hairs per square cm or 1,290 hairs per square inch.

* A set of scales in Stone. How heavy is a stone?

* Measure the length of your kiss in cm or inches. Show picture.

* Bring a slide rule. Show how to calculate 100 x 10.

* A pair of 40 denier tights. What is a denier?

* A t-shirt with π on the front

* How many golf balls would go around the equator? Diameter of golf ball= 43 mm

* Picture of a human Pentagon

* Arithmetic Progression of Stamps worth: 5c, 10c, 15c, 20c, 25 c and 30c.

* Picture of you calculating the angle of a pair of high heels using a cardboard triangle.

* Write the mirror image of every number from 1 – 20.

* Freeze three types of triangle into a cube of ice each.

* Bring in 3 size 24 buttons. What is the diameter of a size 24 button?

* Car batteries are labelled 12V but are more likely 12.6 volts. Plot a graph of % charge remaining Vs Voltage (V). You’ll find info here.

* If you buy an $120,000 Boxter Porsche and it depreciates in value by 25% annually, how much will it be worth when it is 1, 2, 3 and 4 years old? More info here.

* In 2012 Usain Bolt had earned $20 million up until the Olympic Games mostly through endorsements. He ran a total of 400m (100 m, 200m and 4x100m relay). How much does the fastest man on earth earn per m and, more interestingly, per second? Why is the relay faster per leg than the 100m sprint?

* An old maths exam paper of a parent or grand parent or a school ruler with their name on it. (Must be old)

* How many large cracked eggs would it take to fill a 50-litre rubbish bin?

* What does 24 carat gold mean? Write 24, 18 and 12 carat gold in fractions.

* If Usain Bolt could keep up his 100m-sprint speed, how long would it take for him to finish the marathon? How long would it take him to get to school from your place? Include map showing your route to school.

* Draw a skateboard deck width Vs skater height graph. Info here.

 

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3.The Great Maths Race

August 15, 2012

Challenge 3:

The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt

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Students must complete 2 challenges @ 2 ½ points each: Minimum of 2 challenges, Maximum of 4 challenges.

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3.The Great Maths Race

* Make a protractor Anemometer and calculate the current wind speed. Conversion Chart here.

* Bring a sextant

*  The Brix number is used to measure sweetness. One degree Brix is 1 gram of sucrose in 100 grams of solution. What would the Brix number be for orange juice, Gatorade and coke? You will need to know the sugar content in gm for each drink ( Look here) and the volume of a coke can or bottle.

* Make a poster using maths symbols going off at a tangent.

*  Your growth chart for 10-year period.

* Width of the front of the school block in toilet paper sheets. You will find some handy measurements here.

* Bake a π pie

 

 

* Cook a Fibonacci cake

* Bring in a mock up poster (in waste paper) of all paper sizes from A8 to A0.

* How much do we spend per person each year on toilet paper? You will find information @ toilet paper fun facts. Yes! There is a Toilet Paper Fun Facts website.  We use an average of 57 sheets each per year and, say, a toilet roll has 350 sheets. You will have to price the toilet rolls.

* Prove 1 + 1 = 2 in the most complicated way you can.

* Demonstrate Pythagoras Theorem using Saltine crackers.

* Develop a maths clap chant. Team must teach clap chant to class.

* Make potato stamps of the surds: √2, √3 and √5 and stamp an equation.

* Use bubble gum to demonstrate the parabola to the class of y = x2

* Make an Origami Pentagon from a square

* Make a (with clothes on) photo of yourself as Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.

* Make Pascal’s Triangle using jellybeans or rice grains

* If your hair kept growing at the average rate of 0.04 cm per day, how long would it take to reach the same length/height as you? Show calculations.

* Make a poster of Bernoulli’s Triangle 20 lines long.

* The fastest remote controlled car on earth, so they say, is the Traxxas XO-1, which goes from 0-62mph ( 0 – 99 kph) in just 2.3 seconds and can hit 100mph (160 kph) in less than five seconds. How long would it take for the remote controlled car to travel to your nearest Macdonald’s and return with fries at 62 mph and 100mph? Print out a map.

*  Research the height and weight of 10 famous ballerinas and plot these statistics on a height Vs weight chart. Is there a mathematical pattern?

* If a kangaroo can hop at 25 kph (15.5 mph), how long would it take to hop across the middle of Australia E to W?